Peter  Clayson

Peter Clayson

Peter Clayson
Assistant Professor


Office: PCD 4110
Phone: 813/974-6480



2019 - Postdoctoral Fellow, Desert Pacific Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center, VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, Los Angeles, CA
PhD 2017 in Clinical Psychology, Minors in Behavioral Neuroscience and Quantitative Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
MA 2012 in Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
2010 BS in Psychology - Clinical Emphasis, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT

Professional Experience

2017-2019 Assistant Project Scientist, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA


Undergraduate Research Methods


My research applies findings from cognitive and affective neuroscience to examine adaptive control in healthy participants and psychopathology. Adaptive control refers to how the brain coordinates cognitive, emotional, and physiological processes to identify problems in the environment and optimize goal-directed behavior. Adaptive control dysfunction is evident in numerous clinical disorders, and my research cuts across diagnostic boundaries to understand this dysfunction and its impact on behavior. My research examines healthy and clinical populations to answer these questions: How well do models of adaptive control predict performance? How do variations in adaptive control contribute to psychopathology? Can adaptive control be improved in psychopathology, leading to benefits in functional outcome? I primarily answer these questions using studies of event-related brain potentials (ERPs). I also have a strong interest in improving research methodology in clinical neuroscience, and I embrace open science practices.

Specialty Area


Recent Journal Articles

Larson, M. J., Clayson, P. E. , Kirwan, C. B., & Weissman, D. H. (2016). Event-related potential indices of congruency sequence effects without feature integration or contingency learning confounds. Psychophysiology, 53, 814-822. doi: 10.1111/psyp.12625

Clayson, P. E. , & Miller, G. A. (2017). Psychometric considerations in the measurement of event-related brain potentials: Guidelines for measurement and reporting. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 111, 57-67. doi: 10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2016.09.005

Clayson, P. E. , & Miller, G. A. (2017). ERP Reliability Analysis (ERA) Toolbox: An open-source toolbox for analyzing the reliability of event-related brain potentials. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 111, 68-79. doi: 10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2016.10.012

Clawson, A., Clayson, P. E. , Keith, C. M., Catron, C., & Larson, M. J. (2017). Conflict and performance monitoring throughout the lifespan: An event-related potential (ERP) and temporospatial component analysis. Biological Psychology, 124, 87-99. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsycho.2017.01.012

Clayson, P. E. , Kern, R. S., Nuechterlein, K. H., Knowlton, B. J., Bearden, C. E., Cannon, T. D., Fiske, A. P., Ghermezi, L., Hayata, J. N., Hellemann, G. S., Horan, W. P., Kee, K., Lee, J., Subotnik, K. L., Sugar, C. A., Ventura, J., Yee, C. M., & Green, M. F. (2019). Social vs. non-social measures of learning potential for predicting community functioning across phase of illness in schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research, 204, 104-110. doi: 10.1016/j.schres.2018.07.046

Clayson, P. E. , & Larson, M. J. (2019). The impact of recent and concurrent affective context on cognitive control: An ERP study of performance monitoring. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 143, 44-56. doi: 10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2019.06.007

Clayson, P. E. , Carbine, K. A., Baldwin, S. A., & Larson, M. J. (in press). Methodological reporting behavior, sample sizes, and statistical power in studies of event-related potentials: Barriers to reproducibility and replicability. Psychophysiology. doi: 10.1111/psyp.13437

Clayson, P. E., Wynn, J. K., Infantolino, Z. P., Hajcak, G., Green, M. F., & Horan, W. P. (in press). Reward processing in certain vs. uncertain contexts in schizophrenia: An ERP study. Journal of Abnormal Psychology.